In recent months we’ve seen a new enthusiasm throughout the arts community for meeting the unique health needs of creators and performers. In particular, mental health in the music industry has been the focus of much recent discussion. With this in mind, PRS for Music, the royalty collecting society for songwriters, composers and publishers in the UK, invited us to contribute to the latest edition of M Magazine.
In our article, Time for a Creators’ Health Service?, BAPAM CEO, Dr Deborah Charnock, asks some vital questions and considers what can be learnt from our experience providing free specialist health services to music creators and other artists over more than 25 years.
Do we need a performing arts industry-specific healthcare service and what should this uniquely provide?
What relationship should this have with existing healthcare providers?
What will ensure that such a service is effective, safe and accessible to people in widely varying circumstances?
What role should the music business and related performer support organisations play, including record companies, publishers, collecting societies, unions, educators and charities?